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November 11th, 2010
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Amazon.com title defending pedophilia sparks boycott call

Emanuella Grinberg
CNN

(CNN) - An e-book that was for sale on Amazon.com that appeared to defend pedophilia has sparked hundreds of angry user comments and threats to boycott the online retailer unless it pulled the title.

A listing for "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover's Code of Conduct" was no longer available on Amazon.com late Wednesday.

Before then, more than 2,000 users had commented on the title. The lion's share deplored its publication and vowed to boycott Amazon until it removed the self-published title from the site, and at least two Facebook pages have been dedicated to boycotting Amazon because of the book.

The stated content appears to violate two of Amazon's content guidelines for digital publication.

The author of the controversial tome said he publised it to address what he considers unfair portrayals of pedophiles in the media.

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  1. HL Todd

    Mr. Cooper,
    Thank you for letting it be known that Amazon has been selling offensive books. I've emailed them to let them know how disappointed I am, and to let them know I'll be making my purchases elsewhere.
    I believe your reporting has helped protect some of the most vulnerable amongst us. Thank you for taking a stand for children.

    November 12, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  2. kevin davis

    I would rather have Satanists defending their point of view. This is totally disgusting. One of the reasons I like Dexter is that he does not mess with children. And at least that is fiction. This must never be socially acceptable. The domino effect on every level is terribly disturbing. My personal thanks to Anderson and crew for keeping them honest. Keep up the good work!

    November 12, 2010 at 1:27 am |
  3. T.C. Sanford

    Dear Mr. Cooper,

    The next time you talk to your legal advisors you might ask: If a pedophil where to use this book and did indeed go free in the courts, could the family of the victim atempt to sue the author of the book for damages?
    Do you know who published this "How to" book?
    Thank you for bring this to our attention.
    Yours truely,
    T.C. Sanford

    November 11, 2010 at 11:45 pm |
  4. Barbara

    I am glad you brought this information to us. I hope Amazon.com will be held accountable for their decision to sell books like this. Keep the pressure on them. How would the people that make those decisions feel if their children or grandchildren were used by pedophilies who brought those books from Amazon.com? Would they still fell that freedom of the press was really the issue?

    November 11, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
  5. Vanessa

    This story just blows my mind! How Amazon could even think that selling these books would be alright is just amazingly disappointing! These books are disgusting and seem to be classifying pedophilia as a form of sexuality such as being bisexual or homosexual. That is absolutley wrong! Abusing children is not a "way of life". I'm so disappointed in Amazon and I'm not so sure that I will be shopping from there again.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  6. Bill R

    Anderson, I think you should also look into whether Amazon's chief online book competitors are also engaged in selling this type of material (Barnes/Noble, Borders), so that viewers can make an informed choice about which book sellers they wish to do business with in the future.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:21 pm |
  7. samantha

    I sent Amazon an email stating that I was boycotting all further purchases until something was done on this matter. I'm sure they will silently pull these other books as they did the first one, but I feel that they should make a statement and take a stand against pedophilia. Why is that so hard to do? I have two young boys and it's chilling to know that Amazon sells books to basically instruct sick monsters on how to moleste them! I am disgusted.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  8. Leslie

    Freedom of speech, I get it, but this is a clear example of abusing such a right. Hiding under the 1st amendment in this way is basically raping the constitution. People who feel the importance of sharing publicly ways to molest and manipulate children for their personal gratification need to be censored and in fact detained because they are dangerous to society. Who agreed to publish this?

    November 11, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  9. Betsie Kasner

    I agree with Anne's comment about Amazon's sale of trash promoting dogfighting and animal abuse. Amazon has thumbed its nose at the animal rights groups who for several years have tried to get traction on this issue. When I sent Amazon an e-mail of protest, Jeff Bezos blew me off with his "canned" e-mail response and said he wasn't going to respond again. Then it took me forever just to figure out how to cancel my account at Amazon. They just don't get the message. Anderson, please go after them on the animal abuse and dogfighting trash they are selling under the cover of the 1st Amendment. The 1st Amendment may mean that this kind of trash can be published, but that doesn't mean that Amazon or anyone else has to sell it. Thank you.

    November 11, 2010 at 9:38 pm |
  10. Kim

    Well I don't care if they pulled it. Even if they issue a thousand apologies. As a victim of childhood sexual abuse, I will never EVER buy from Amazon.com AGAIN!

    November 11, 2010 at 9:29 pm |
  11. Charles Mc farland

    Any Part of the world or any culture is forbidden to attend to our Children, where in the Hell is going this damn Company , is not right, What is going on with the moral of this Company , Kids are the future of our Planet, Anyone who destroy the innocence of Child has the Doors open of hell.
    Amazon has very midget minds to follow this paths, what is the difference between Liberty and Dissoluteness?. AMAZON shame is no the right word, is degrading. question A Note:
    Take 100 years to build a Company, and Take 10 seconds to loose it!! AMAZON you loose.
    “Mental Floss prevents Moral Decay.” “Children are natural mimics who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners”“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.”

    November 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  12. cheryl

    There are at least 6 other books of similar content available at Amazon today and available since 2000.

    Like "Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers," by David L. Riegel. Loving Boys Vol 1 & 2 By Edward Brongersma just to name a few. The first one even mentions that people were going to bycott Amazon for selling the book.

    I think if people are going to ask Amazon to make a moral stand on this issue then then we have to ask them to remove ALL of the books. IF they sell NO Pornography then the can sell NO PEDOPHILIA. its that simple.

    November 11, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  13. Denise Evans

    The pedophlia book has been pulled. Way to go Anderson! You rock.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  14. Elaine Murphy

    Thank you, Anderson Cooper, for exposing this Amazon.com scandal. Your story and reactions to it prompted Amazon to stop listing this revolting "guide" and millions of us are grateful.

    E. Murphy

    November 11, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  15. Ashley

    Thank you Anderson for always bringing us great information. There is a special place in Heaven for you exposing that amazon e-book- I almost threw up when I heard about it. I was so sad – these people need to be exposed so that our children are safe, Thank you Anderson for all you do- your fantastic!

    November 11, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  16. Jose Roman

    Anderson
    I agree that Amazon's sale of a book on pedophilia is disgusting and worthy of condemnation, but to correct a statement you made repeatedly last night, Amazon DOES sell soft pornography on its website, no XXX content but plenty of content from publicatilns like Playboy and others. Don't believe their product offerings are as squaky clean as they may lead us to believe.

    November 11, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  17. Matt

    Amazon has just come under fire for selling a book endorsing pedophilia. I am just as concerned, though, that Amazon also sells pro-rape pornography by Olympia Press (every publication of theirs is pro-rape porn; it's their niche market). By "pro-rape porn," I mean exactly what it sounds like: pornography premised around perpetrating rape as a form of amusement. In fact, when I type in the word "rape" in the Books category, these pro-rape products are given HIGHER result status than the (responsible) books on recovery from sexual assault that actually sell better. This is bizarre; the pro-rape books hardly sell at all (they're consistently below one-millionth in sales ranks), yet Amazon grants them superior position in its search results! This would seem to suggest that Amazon selectively promotes those books over the titles that discuss issues like rape prevention, treatment, recovery, etc. Not only is Amazon selling pro-rape products by Olympia Press, but helps market them by awarding them higher standing than their sales merit. Amazon has set a precedent for removal of other books, shirts, video games, DVDs, and magazines that promote sexual abuse but will not remove these as well.

    November 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  18. Avery

    Amazon has been offering the book "Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers" for over 10 years now. Here's a quote from the review page of this book "As a boylover, I found this book extremely helpful. But it is not intended for the boylover community: it is meant for the general public who fear the phenomenon of pedosexuality."

    They used to sell a video game where the player rapes mothers and their children. Even if Amazon pulls one item over boycott threats, they continue to add new disgusting and similar products in their place.

    Whatever the debate...Amazon chooses to sell these products over other products year after year. This is not an accident. There must be darkness in one of the leadership positions at Amazon for these choices to continually take place. Let them sit with their choice to sell these products over others.

    They have also provided a forum for pedophiles to praise these books in the review section of these products.

    November 11, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  19. Robert DeSoto

    Anderson,

    I became outraged as many others did when I heard the story regarding Amazon's support of this disturbed mans attempt at educating pedophiles and others who may be contemplating such acts.

    I contacted Amazon and expreseed my outrage and disgust and asked to have my account closed. I received a response that the book was no longer available for sale and that closing my account would cause me to lose my links to other retailers thus making it inconveient to purchase from them. I communicated to them that the listing/image of the book was still on their Web site and that anyone looking for the book could still find the title and possibly acquire the book elsewhere, thus they were still responsible for the promotion of the book and the education of Pedophiles to perform these acts. It appears that the listing of the book has now been removed but I am undecided wether to continue to do business with Amazon.

    Freedom of Speech is one of our most valued rights in this country but should be used with a sense of responsibility and intellegence. Shame on corporations that but a profit ahead of having a social conscience.

    Thank you for reporting on these important issues and keep them honest.

    With sincere appreciation,
    The Desoto family

    November 11, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  20. Lori

    Disgusting!!! Children have a right not to be hunted by these freaks so why would Amazon think it was ok to sell a how to guide for these animals???? I am sick to death of child rapists and child killers and killers in general having their rights protected to the point that the victims and victims famlies have to suffer and keep on suffering!! The Home Invasion Case, The Elizabeth Smart Case, and too many more to list, every single time, the offender is provided every advantage under the law. The law needs to be re-thought, we should be putting the victim first not the animal who commits the crime. And another thing, Death Penalty cases, I understand the first Appeal is automatic but after that it should be time to face the music, this process to execute shouldn't be taking the years and years that it is taking in some states. Like the Carr Brothers in Kansas who executed 4 people in a Home Invasion after they raped and tortured and robbed everyone for several hours, this happened back in 2000 yet these fools are still breathing even though in 2002 they were found guilty and both received the death penalty.

    November 11, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  21. anne

    I am glad that Amazon is finally in the hot seat and rightfully so. In addition to this latest outrage, they have been selling dogfighting books and magazines and other literature that's deemed to inspire animal abuse for years under the excuse that they were respecting the 1st Amendment. It's time to seriously boycot them so they can hear loud and clear how the public feels about their selective business practices.

    November 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  22. Oliver Chettle

    This has been an eye-opening moment for me. I don't care if Amazon have caved in to pressure when it became obvious that there was a lot of money at stake, the initial statement represents what they actually believe in. It is a decadent set of values which I do not share. After hundreds of purchases over the years, I am now an ex-Amazon customer. I only discovered this story because I googled Amazon uk to purchase two items, and I have already ordered those items from Tesco. I saved money too: Tesco have introduced free delivery since last time I visited their site.

    November 11, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  23. Margot Treat

    Re: pedophile manual!
    I immediately canceled orders at Amazon.Got a curt reply this a.m. saying one book had been shipped. ..to just refuse it and return it. Since all our purchases reveal our conservative bent I think it shows they would like fewer of our "ilk" in the world. Thanks for the heads-up that such a book was even out there.

    November 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  24. Tere

    I am so disappointed in amazon. This is truly disgusting, and I will never buy anything from that website again.

    November 11, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  25. Joyce

    Amazon is using freedom of speech and press to cover up the fact that they are an irresponsible company. Here I was, buying merchandise from a company that will sell"garbadge" for the sake of a a buck!
    Children who are molested dont have freedom of press and speech, because many are silenced and ignored.
    Because of Amazaon's so called "honor" to respect America's freedom of press and speech, another "jerk" will make millions for writing a book that should be burned.

    November 11, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  26. Julie

    I am appalled to see that this has been published on Amazon. I know there is a right to free speech yet there is also the right to exercise whether you will publish something so deplorable to human decency. If this is what we have come to regarding morals,it is no wonder our young people are acting out. No words can fully express my feelings on this.

    November 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  27. Gerard

    Thanks for this excellent article. I am encouraged by the public outcry. It was truly shocking to see Amazon's initial response on this issue, defending their right to sell and promote as if paedophilia were not an abberration. For reference, Amazon is STILL selling other guides for paedophiles, including "Paedophile Information Exchange" – as a child advocate, can we simply stand by and watch as a major corporation promotes this kind of abuse?? With Elizabeth Smart's testimony still fresh, do we really want to stand by and watch while Amazon provides safe haven for paedophiles and their associated criminal behavior? Thanks CNN, please keep this issue – and our children's protection – in the spotlight!

    November 11, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  28. D.Reagan

    I will never be shopping with Amazon.com again. Any company who would be so immoral as to support such a book (a how-to for pedophiles) is a company I do not want to do business with again – no matter that they pulled the book.

    November 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  29. John

    If amazon does not support criminal acts then why are they promoting this person's book which clearly encourages pedophilia? It seems very suspicious that he,Phillip R.Greave,a person who has feelings towards children, wrote a book that describes the way to get away with being a pedophile... I hope he is being monitored and is not in contact with children.

    November 11, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  30. Tabetha

    I have advised Amazon that I will not be using their services until they explain or otherwise address this issue in a satisfactory manner.

    Is there anything else we as citizens and parents can do?

    November 11, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  31. Marcus

    Hi Anderson, I just watched the segment about this book and am so sickened and angry that no one can prosecute them. I was just thinking, instead of voicing our anger, what if CNN just does a "360" and promotes the book to cause even a bigger upset. Basically talk about it as if nothing is wrong at all..I think if that happens it might just shift this issue up a notch. Just a thought from a concerned citizen..

    November 11, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  32. Lucy

    Not only is Amazon refusing to issue any apology or ANY press release, but they are sending emails now warning consumers that by closing amazon.com accounts, they will lose access to target.com (among others) accounts.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  33. anthony almonte

    amazon become one of the worst book sellers by promoting pedophilia i have 3 little kids and i feel very trouble about this book why sell a tools for criminals i will never buy anything at amazon again

    November 11, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  34. Winston Smith

    "to address what he considers unfair portrayals of pedophiles in the media."

    In what reality could one consider a "fair" portrayal. Pedophiles are sick vermin at least.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:10 am |